Dianne Steger’s Story
On June 8, 2001, we had our rehearsal dinner at the Cheshire. (Two weeks before that, my family celebrated my parents, Warren and Catherine Stout’s, 50th Anniversary by renting the Cheshire Double Decker Bus and driving around St. Louis, so the Cheshire holds a special place in our hearts.) The problem was that at the rehearsal, the man in charge of the music for the ceremony did not show up. He had wanted to come to the rehearsal to practice with our vocalist, which was our friend who had come in from out of town. After months of preparation for my big day (I waited 36 years to have my 80 year old dad walk me down the aisle), I lost it. I was crying and crying because I was afraid we would have no music. I kept calling the man but he would not answer the phone number I had. We got through the rehearsal and we went to the Cheshire for dinner. My soon to be husband told me that he wanted to look back on this night as a special night for us, our families, and friends and he especially wanted me to enjoy the night. He told me not to worry about the music and that he would take care of it. I stopped worrying and enjoyed the special night at the Cheshire. We had steak and everything was perfect! The wedding day went off without a hitch and the man showed up, explaining that he had a “family emergency” the night before.
Now, we have two beautiful children but we don’t get out much. My parents have since passed and my husband’s family lives out of town so a night out can be expensive. We would just love a night at the Cheshire to celebrate our 10th Anniversary!